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£830.00 ex. VAT

£996.00; inc.VAT

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Easy, reliable, affordable

  • Designed with the user in mind
  • Budget-friendly printing with no compromise to quality
  • Three-year manufacturer warranty

Print vibrant, eye-catching cards with the Fargo DTC1250e card printer. Designed with the user in mind, the DTC1250e printer offers user-friendly printing at a budget-friendly price point. It’s quick too, taking just 16 seconds to print a full-colour single-sided card and a rapid 6 seconds for monochrome. Available in dual and single-sided models, the DTC1250e is the ideal card printing solution for schools, colleges and membership clubs printing a few hundred basic ID cards.

Included with this printer is a free version of EasyBadge Lite card design software. The software is limited to 100 records and is not MacOS compatible. If you require Mac-compatible design software, we recommend using cardPresso.

  • Fargo DTC1250e ID card printer
  • Printer power supply and cord
  • USB cable
  • Input and output card hoppers
  • Driver installation disk and guide

(Please note no ribbon or blank plastic cards are supplied with the printer.)

Fargo DTC1250e – Easy, reliable, affordable.

Simple, reliable, and affordable, the DTC1250e plastic card printer is great for printing high-quality photo ID cards on a budget.

The printer supports a user-focused design and is virtually maintenance-free. This makes it ideal for printing student & employee ID cards and membership cards, even for those with minimal technical knowledge.

With the DTC1250e, printer set up, ribbon changes and cleaning cycles are all straightforward, too. It’s the budget-friendly way to print instant ID cards.

“From the first card to the last, the printer will print vibrant colours, photo-like images and crisp text.”
“Simple, reliable, and affordable; the DTC1250e helps to create high-quality photo ID cards with a new level of durability.”
“The printer is designed to be easy to learn and effortless to use.”

Key Printer Features

Is the Fargo DTC1250e right for you?

The Fargo DTC1250eis a direct-to-card printer, ideal for those looking to print a simple card design onto plain plastic cards, not access control cards. The printer is for printing medium volumes of photo ID cards, so if you need to print a few hundred basic cards, it may be just what you’re looking for. Alternatively, if you need to print onto access control cards or have a more complex design containing block colours, we recommend using Fargo’s retransfer offering, the Fargo HDP5000 ID card printer.

Eye-catching cards. Every time.

Although the DTC1250e card printer is budget-friendly, its affordable price tag comes at no compromise to print quality. From the first printed card to the last, the printer will deliver eye-catching cards with vibrant colours, photo-like images and crisp text.

Set up, print and issue.

With an intuitive user-focused design, the DTC1250e card printer provides complete ease of use. Following the set-up guide in the box will have you up and running in minutes. What’s more, the printer offers all-in-one printer ribbon cassettes to save time and keep printing downtime as low as possible.

Super speedy printing.

The DTC1250e is super speedy, taking just 16 seconds to print a full-colour single-sided card. Or if it’s monochrome printing you’re after, the machine takes a rapid 6 seconds. The printer's fast print speed could have you printing hundreds of ID badges in no time.


Due to its age, the Fargo DTC1250E ID card printer offers minimal visual security features.

Design cards in minutes.

When you buy a Fargo DTC1250e card printer through Digital ID, you’ll get EasyBadge Lite design software for free. Usually worth £195, it’s the best ID card software on the market and even creates a sample design for you. It’ll have you up and running in no time at all but please note, it’s only compatible with Microsoft Windows and is limited to 100 records.


The DTC1250e comes as standard with USB. Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity are available as upgrades. The machine is compatible with Windows XP, Vista (32-bit, 64 bit), Server 2003, 2008, 2012, Windows 7, Windows 8 & 10 (32-bit, 64 bit) and MAC OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10.

Pick a card, any card.

When it comes to choosing which cards to print on, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all these options. Print to CR80 credit card sized cards and CR79 cards with a thickness of 0.229 – 1.016 mm with the DTC1250e. The printer can print to biodegradable plastic cards, PVC ISO blank cards, rewritable and adhesive-backed cards. The only card we wouldn’t recommend is an access control card, as doing so could cause a blemish to the print.

Support you can rely on.

Both the DTC1250e printer and printhead come with a three-year manufacturer warranty. What’s more, we have a dedicated in-house technical support team on-hand when you need. Simply get in touch by email and our team will be happy to help.

Fargo DTC1250e – Common FAQs

Q: Can the Fargo DTC1250e print onto access control cards?

A: We don’t recommend using the DTC1250e to print onto contactless or smart cards as it is a direct-to-card printer. If you need to print on access control cards, you will need a retransfer printer.

Q: Can the Fargo DTC1250e print on both sides of the card?

A: Yes. The Fargo DTC1250e ID card printer is available in both single and dual-sided models. If you require dual-sided printing, you will need a dual-sided printer.

Q: Are cards and printer ribbons included?

A: Unfortunately not. All consumables are sold separately.

Q: How do I connect the Fargo DTC1250e printer to my computer?

A: You can easily connect the Fargo DTC1250e to your computer with the USB provided. Ethernet connection and Wi-Fi connectivity are available as upgrades.

Q: Can the DTC1250e handle complex designs and block colours?

A: As a direct-to-card printer, the Fargo DTC1250eis suitable for those requiring a simple card design, so block colours isn’t a great option.

Q: Does the Fargo DTC1250e support over-the-edge card printing?

A: Direct-to-card printers do not print right up to the sharp edge of a card, as doing so could damage the printhead. Therefore, a small, plain border is left around the sides of the card surface, to prolong the printer’s lifespan.

Expert Verdict

We’re awarding the Fargo DTC1250e ID card printer 3.5 stars out of 5.

The DTC1250e delivers excellent print quality – there’s no doubt about that. But its downfall is the lack of additional card security options in comparison to similar printers.

We’d also like to see the output card hopper increased to match that of the input hopper, which would save users time and allow them to print longer batches at a time.

If you’re looking to print very basic card designs and are budget conscious, then the Fargo DTC1250e ID card printer is definitely a machine to consider.

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